JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri casino operatorssaid they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.
Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.
After several years of tight budgets, the Missouri Veterans Commissionsaid funding is running short.
At a House committee hearing Tuesday, Mike Winter of the Missouri Gaming Association said the fee increase would cost casinos $53 million. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also raised concern, saying funding for veterans' homes is a statewide issue that should not be the responsibility of one business sector.